I woke up one morning realizing that 4 months passed and I didn’t get my period. I also woke up that same morning and noticed hair growth in unwanted areas, more hair on my brush as I combed it, and terrible bloating. A few days later I went to my OBGYN and after the tests, conversations, and explanations she finally told me I had PCOS.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a condition that attacks women and their hormone levels. We produce more male hormones and experience fertility complications. No, we are not turning into men. It also is not impossible for us to have children. Everything just becomes difficult all of sudden. I went from being 170 pounds to 230 pounds in a 4 year time frame. Losing weight has been the hardest challenge. I lose weight fast and gain it back just as fast. Initially I was taking different prescription drugs so that my period can come, however as I grow, research, and learn more about what belongs in my body I stopped taking those scripts. I must disclose that I am not a medical professional. Please consult with your primary physician before making such decisions.
Eliminating certain foods, exercising more, and stressing less has been the key factor for me lately. As I build this regimen and continue to express myself on social media, I realize that I am not alone on this journey. PCOS does not discriminate and there really is a community of women who are silently suffering. I wouldn’t necessarily say that I’ve taken matters into my own hands, but I must say that dedicating time to do my own research has helped in many ways. My spiritual beliefs have also kept me afloat. I know that at the end of the day, another power is in control and it isn’t PCOS.
For PCOS Awareness Month, I just want to encourage my fellow #cysters that the desires of our heart will manifest. Stay faithful, be encouraged, and most of all be empowered!
The Real Rissa
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